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February 10, 2010

When Is a Calcium Supplement Necessary?

You might need to check how much you get from food first. If you have milk allergies, severe lactose intolerance, or don’t use milk or milk prodicts, you may need a calicum supplement. If you have high calcium needs and a small appetite, you may need to consider supplements in combination with calcium-rich foods. Ideas […]

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February 10, 2010

I’m Lactose Intolerant and Can’t Drink Milk

Are you lactose intolerant? You can reintroduce dairy products in your diet. Contrary to what most people think, many of those who are lactose intolerant can have some milk and milk products. Some of the ways to decrease discomfort are to consume small amounts of milk products at meals and to combine milk with other […]

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February 10, 2010

Can I Use Soy Beverages As an Alternative to Milk?

Over the age of two, fortified soy beverage counts as a milk alternative. According to Health Canada, fortified soy beverages, although not identical to cow’s milk, are a nutritionally adequate alternative. They are suitable beverages for those who cannot or do not drink milk.  Unfortified soy beverages are not nutritionally similar to milk and cannot […]

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February 10, 2010

Are milk products high in fat or calories?

You might be surprised how little fat or few calories milk products contribute to a balanced diet. Many people mistakenly believe they have to cut out milk products in order to eat less fat or fewer calories. In fact, it is surprising how few calories and little fat milk products contribute to the diet. Skim […]

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February 10, 2010

What Can I Do If I Don’t Like Milk?

Try these 7 ideas to include more milk in your day. Ideas for action: Try adding various flavourings to your milk (such as chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, almond, or malt) or buy flavoured milks. They have all the nutrition of plain milk. Try steamed almond milk, caffé latte, mocha or other steamed milk beverages. Try various […]

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February 8, 2010

Should lactose intolerant individuals avoid all milk and dairy products?

Most people with lactose intolerance can consume a moderate amount of lactose at one time without experiencing symptoms. Although lactose intolerance is prevalent among some populations, total elimination of dairy foods is unnecessary. The ability to tolerate lactose is not an “all or none” phenomenon. The majority of lactose intolerant individuals can consume a moderate […]

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February 8, 2010

Why (Not) Pop a Lactase Pill?

Commercially available lactase in tablet or liquid form is another means to improve lactose digestion (1, 2). The liquid enzyme is added to milk and it hydrolyzes 70% of the milk sugar within 24 hours. This lactose-reduced milk has been shown to be almost as effective as yogurt in reducing symptoms of lactose intolerance. Although […]

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February 8, 2010

What Are the Potential Benefits of Yogurt?

Several researchers (1, 2, 3, 4) have reported a significant improvement in lactose digestion and a virtual elimination of maldigestion symptoms when yogurt is the source of lactose. Although yogurt may contain more lactose than milk (depending on the addition of milk solids to improve texture and viscosity), the lack of maldigestion symptoms is believed […]

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